Inequalities and identity processes in crises: Recommendations for facilitating safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Anne Templeton, Selin Tekin Guven, Carina Hoerst, Sara Vestergren, Louise Davidson, Susie Ballentyne, Hannah Madsen, Sanjeedah Choudhury

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Abstract

Structural inequalities and identity processes are pivotal to understanding public response to COVID-19. We discuss how identity processes can be used to promote community-level support, safe normative behaviour, and increase compliance with guidance. However, we caution how government failure to account for structural inequalities can alienate vulnerable groups, inhibit groups from being able to follow guidance, and lead to the creation of new groups in response to illegitimate treatment. Moreover, we look ahead to the longitudinal impacts of inequalities during pandemics and advise government bodies should address identity-based inequalities to mitigate negative relations with the public and subsequent collective protest.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Early online date25 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Identity processes
  • behaviour change
  • social norms
  • social identities
  • inequalities
  • societal inequality
  • leadership
  • collective actions
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19

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